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Any parent knows that picking a baby name can be a stressful, drawn out process.

When you do finally decide on ‘the one’ it can feel like the stars have aligned.

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But just imagine, you and your partner finally decide on a name and you’re told you can’t have it. For legal reasons.

A couple in France have been told that they can’t have the name they picked for their daughter. The name they picked is very common in Ireland and around the world, but not for a girl.

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They wanted to name her Liam.

Apparently, the French Government had issue with the fact they had picked a traditional boys name for a girl.

They were worried it ‘would be likely to create a risk of gender confusion’.

According to the The Local, the couple went to court over the decision and the prosecutor said the name was ‘contrary to the interest of the child and could harm her in her social relations’.

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They pleaded with the judge to ban the parents from using it. The prosecutor went so far as to ask the judge that if the parents did not change the name, the judge himself should pick a name for the child.

The parents are fighting the decision and are seeking legal help.

They have postponed her baptism.

France is known for being very strict when it comes to baby names and surprisingly this sort of legal scuffle over names isn’t that rare.

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Names such as Nutella, Strawberry and Manhattan have been banned in the past.

Our thoughts? Well, Blake Lively has managed to have a pretty awesome life with a boy’s name so why not Liam?

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